Taking A Tour Of Houses For Sale? Follow These 3 Tips

Posted on: 19 October 2017

Has your agent lined up a series of homes for sale for viewings? If so, it is important to go into it with a game plan to make the most of your time. Here are 3 tips to follow when touring those potential new homes.

Leave the Kids at Home

Taking a tour of a home is something you should limit to those that are part of the decision making process. Don't make the mistakes of taking your kids with you for the viewing. For starters, taking along kids is going to distract you from the main purpose of seeing the home. You may find yourself dealing with toddler troubles rather than really getting to look at the home and the features that it has.

In addition, you do not want your kids to influence your decision. You know what is best for you and your family, and having a child telling you that they don't like a home could make you turn it down and not make an offer. You can always take kids to see the home again during a second viewing if you're serious about making an offer.

Make a Checklist

It will help to make as simple checklist of your wants and needs in a new home to help compare each house that you view. You can check things off the list as you tour the home, and use it to remind you of what the previous homes were like. You'll also want to list any potential deal breakers as well.

Don't forget to expand your list beyond the physical features of the home. If you have desires for things like being close to public transportation or in a good school district, write those down as well. It will remind you to research them later when you are back at home. You'll also save time by only researching the information on the properties you are interested in.

Take Photos

When you see so many homes in a row, it can be tough to remember what each home looked like. Ask your realtor if it is okay if you can take photos of the property. If so, don't be shy about it. Use your smartphone to take video and narrate the things that you like and dislike. It will help be a good reminder when you are trying to remember what you liked about a home the next day.

For more information or advice, contact a real estate agent.